Psalm 139:6
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New International Version
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

New Living Translation
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

English Standard Version
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

New American Standard Bible
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

King James Bible
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.

International Standard Version
Knowledge like this is too amazing for me. It is beyond my reach, and I cannot fathom it.

NET Bible
Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it.

New Heart English Bible
This knowledge is beyond me. It's lofty. I can't attain it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The knowledge and the wonder are stronger than I and I could not master them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Such knowledge is beyond my grasp. It is so high I cannot reach it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; Too high, I cannot attain unto it.

New American Standard 1977
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
            It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy knowledge is wonderful beyond my ability to comprehend; it is high, I cannot understand it.

King James 2000 Bible
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

American King James Version
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

American Standard Version
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it.

Darby Bible Translation
O knowledge too wonderful for me! it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.

English Revised Version
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

World English Bible
This knowledge is beyond me. It's lofty. I can't attain it.

Young's Literal Translation
Knowledge too wonderful for me, It hath been set on high, I am not able for it.
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
5You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

Job 42:3
'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."

Psalm 19:12
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Psalm 131:1
A Song of Ascents, of David. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.
Treasury of Scripture

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

knowledge

Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done, …

Psalm 13:1 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Job 11:7-9 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty …

Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard …

Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

(6) Such . . .--God's omniscience is for man at once transcendent, unattainable, impossible. Possibly the article has dropped away, and we should read this knowledge. LXX. and Vulg. have "thy knowledge."

For the thought comp. Psalm 139:17-18, and Romans 11:33.

Verse 6. - Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. The psalmist does not say, "such knowledge," but simply "knowledge," i.e. real true knowledge, such as deserves the name. "The thought of God's omniscience makes him feel as if real knowledge were beyond his reach" (Kay). Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,.... Meaning either the knowledge of himself, such as God had of him, which was vastly superior to what he had of himself; and especially the knowledge of other persons and things, whether visible or invisible, in heaven, earth, or hell; things past, present, and to come; or else the manner in which God knew all this was amazing to him, and quite impenetrable by him; that he did know him, his thoughts, his words and actions, and so those of all others, was easy of belief; but how he should know all this was past his conception, and struck him with the profoundest admiration;

it is high; sublime, out of his reach, beyond his comprehension;

I cannot attain unto it; neither to such knowledge, nor to comprehend what it is in God; and how he should have it, and in what manner he exercises it. Kimchi, Jarchi, and Aben Ezra, connect the words with the following, as if the matter of his wonder and astonishment was the omnipresence of God, or where he should find a place to flee from him. 139:1-6 God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.
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